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  1. I have a question regarding the 12 month relationship requirement in a situation where the couple have a relationship registered with the state of NSW. Quick run down of our situation: My details: British Born Migrated to Australia 2008 Citizen of Australia since 2012 My Partners Details: European 457 Visa Lived in Australia since 2005 Pending application for 175 skilled independent visa, pending for 5 years We met in July 2012, and formed an exclusive relationship in August 2012. We have not been apart since that time and stayed at each others homes every night until December. We moved in together at one property in December, and formalised this on the lease once my partners lease had expired (we were subletting in the meantime to avoid termination fees). In the time we have been together, we have met each others families (travelling to Europe to do so), have formed friendships with each others social group and have travelled together to Dubai, London, Warsaw, New Zealand (twice) as well as various domestic trips. We have also planned overseas holidays for next year. We have also registered our relationship under the Relationship Registration Act 2010 (NSW) That leaves us in the following situation: In a mutually exclusive relationship for 13 months Close family and friend ties Lived together (across both homes) for 12 months (hard to evidence though) Shared home lease for 6 months (easy to evidence) Multiple travel together over 8 months Planned future travel together taking us to 21 months Registered Relationship (Currently cooling off for 28 days as per NSW legislation) We can provide the following: Joint bank account statement Joint Lease Superannuation beneficiary given to each other Life Insurance policy naming partner as beneficiary Travel itineraries and forward bookings Photographs (with friends, travelling, with each others family) Christmas and Easter cards Relationship Registration Certificate (NSW) Stat Dec from a friend who was with us the night we met Stat Dec from a friend we stayed with in Dubai Stat Dec from family member Stat Dec from close friend we socialise with regularly Do you think we have covered enough to satisfy immigrations relationship requirement? My only real worry is that we didn't really think to write all of our movements down in the early months (who would?! It's not like immigration is the first thing on your mind). I really wanted to get the application in before 1 Sept as the fees are going up, but we won't have the Relationship Registration Certificate until about 5 Sept. As usual! I appreciate any tips, hints or insights you might have. all I can say is this... visas were a lot easier and cheaper when I migrated here! Nobody can argue that the government aren't trying to make it as hard as possible.
  2. rigglet

    801/820 Partner Visa Statements

    Sorry if this topic has been done to death, however, if you'll permit me a quickie... Is it ok to provide your statements as a typed, printed document (then sign and date, and get each page witnessed). To my mind this would neither be a "on ordinary writing paper or a statutory declaration form" but I'm guessing that most people do it this way. Regards, Neil
  3. Hi guys, I've got a question regarding a question on this application form: Question 55 - What is your current relationship with your sponsor? Married, de facto or engaged. Now, I am applying for a de facto partner visa and (having lived together for 18 months) should I state we are de facto from when we lived together? We are also engaged - does this 'trump' de facto? Do I tick both de facto and engaged? Cheers all for any help you can provide.
  4. so i applied for my 820 partner visa on the 31st October in Brisbane in person and I was wondering if anyone else had lodged their application there in person recently too? If so how was your experience? I front loaded my application so hopefully it gets dealt with quicker? Also wanted to know how long it took for your application to get acknowledged? Since my working holiday visa expires the 25th of this month, Im hoping my bridging visa will be done by then and I know it wont until the application has been ackowledged? Also, for people wanting to apply in Brisbane in person in the future, make an appointment! I didnt realise you could because it didnt say anything about it on the immigration website and when i got there i was told i was supposed to have made an appointment, but fortunatly it was pretty much empty so they could just see me straight away...
  5. Hello! This is my first post on this forum but it has been a great help in the past, thankyou all. My partner and I have an 820 temporary partner visa, granted in April last year. My partner is an Australian Resident and sponsored me. Sadly one of my parents was taken critically ill so I flew back to the UK to be with my family through the end of life process and he died towards the end of last year. In order to provide emotional and financial support I remained in the UK until this month and have now returned to Oz. I am now really worried that this will count against us when our case is examined to upgrade my visa to a permanent residency. In the heat of everything happening back in the UK I didn't ever contact Immgration to inform them I was back in the UK. I was wondering what everyone's thoughts were on the situation? Also, I can't find any information on the checklist that we must be complete when approaching the date for our decision. Can anyone help? Thankyou so much all in advance.
  6. Hi. I have a couple of questions please and would appreciate any advice from anyone with experience in this area. I came to OZ on a Tourist Visa, subclass 676 to visit my fiancé to see Australia and decide if this is where we wanted to live. My 676 Visa was granted for 12 months and expires at the end of February 2013. We were married in May have decided to stay here so I need to apply for a Temporary and Permanent Visa for myself, as my husband is an Australian citizen. My question is, should we apply for the Visa while I'm in Australia or should I travel back to the United States of America and apply from there? My fear is that if I apply for it while I'm in OZ, it won't get approved before my tourist Visa runs out. I've tried to find answers as to timelines on approvals but what I've read seems very confusing. Seems there are many different situations and so many different experiences on the time it has taken others. Some recommend that I go back to the USA and apply from there as the wait time could be shortened??? Also, since the information I've read indicates you must stay in the country where you apply until you receive the approval, being in the USA would not cause me worry on it not getting approved in a limited amount of time. Applying in Australia would create a window of time it would have to be approved, since my Visa expires in February 2012. Unless there is something I'm not understanding correctly? Any comments or advice on this matter would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.
  7. Hey Guys! Returning to the forums months after my partner was granted a 457 sponsorship visa, unfortunately not with celebrations but with more questions... We are in a situation where her current boss is being a real arsehole, taking her for a real ride in regards to pay and overload of work. Enough is enough and we are looking for alternatives, we have limited knowledge about these visas (we have read all the government websites but there is always the little writing!) Our current situation: We have been living in a de facto relationship for now over 12 months. Have joint bank accounts and share our finances. My partner has been on 457 visa since April last year. She is enrolled with Medicare. She previously was on a WHV (417) before the sponsorship. I'm aware of all the responsibilities and we are very much in love and can see a long future there. We would like to know: Considering the above, would we be eligible to apply for this visa? She wants to quit her current job ASAP - the gap visa (is that right?) that will be assigned to her, will she be allowed to work during that period? How long does the de facto process take? Is there anything we should be aware of? Other than that, is there any other (legal) options we could go down? Thanks for your help guys, any responses will be greatly appreciated. :biggrin:
  8. I currently recieved my 801 visa application , to be honest its a about a month late. They sent it to a sorting office near my house but the opening times did not suit as worked early hours. I then got in transfered and it took about 7 days, so eventually its here. I have emailed them explaining I have like 30 days to get the police check and forms filled in A little background I am from the UK been in Perth for nearly 4 years now on WHV and 820, girfriend aussie citizin of course. On the checklist it says Police check for Applicant , Dependent and Sponsor I have no children but was wondering does my girlfriend need a police check as last time we didnt need one for her ??? Also on the form it says a certified copy of personal details page , what does this mean ? Is it a copy of your passport with your address and signature on it ... as there is no forms for personal details. Help would be much appreciated. Thanks All James
  9. Hi, I'm in a very difficult position. I have an 820 partner visa and a couple of months ago I returned to the UK to get surgeries that I need (one reason was to spare Medicare the expense and to not jeopardize the visa) and am now trapped here on a waiting list unable to walk. I have received an email from DIAC allowing me 60 days to submit the documentation for my 801 visa but doing this from a position of being house-bound the UK is going to be very difficult if even possible. I have explained to DIAC my position but it seems as if they didn't understand or care. My partner in OZ has no printer, we live in a remote community, he is also ill and so on (we are in our 60s), so it's really up to me to organize this. I want to know what happens if I cannot get all the evidence to them within 60 days. Does anybody know or have experience of this? Alexandra
  10. Hi All I've been a reader of these forums for a while now and the time has come for me to get really serious about our application. I'm an Aussie, but my partner is from the UK. He is currently with me in Oz on a working holiday visa, we have been together for 3 years and prior to us moving here in Oct 2010, lived together in UK for almost a year. We're at the point where we have everything almost ready to go, but I just had a few questions before we go further: Currently we have - form 80, form 40SP, form 47SP, our statements, certified copies of id documents, passport photos supporting docs (bank, lease, photos, invites, emails) and many stat decs (form 888) from friends and family. Do we need to have his police checks and/or medical (form 26 & 160) to send with the initial submission? or will they request these once they have recieved the application? Is there anything else we have missed? Any advice or suggestions will be very helpful!
  11. Good Morning PPL :-D I am in the final stages of getting my defacto visa 820 finalised so I will become a temporary resident. I applied for this in July 2011. So from what I can gather in July 2013 I will move onto the defacto visa 801 if i am still in the de facto relationship. My question is once I hit July 2013 how quickly does the visa 801 get granted? Will I have to wait another 9 months or whatever like I have done for my 820 visa or is it a matter of weeks? Many Thanks for any help.:em3600:
  12. Hi I just wanted to check if anyone else has been recently applied/been granted for the permanent spouse visa 801, following been on the 820 temporary spouse visa. I rang immigration this week and they said that they will contact no sooner than the 2 year mark or anytime up to a month after. Is this the usual thing they say even though I have heard many people receive letters from immigration 2 months before the 2 year mark to request an update on the situation and to apply for PR? Thanks Smiler:biggrin:
  13. Hi, I have a subclass 820 de-facto spouse visa nearing the end of its 2 year period. I should shortly be asked for evidence for the 801 PR visa but have had no contact yet. My spouse and I are currently (and temporarily) apart as we both have had to go and help ill parents. His are in Sydney and mine is in the UK. I'll be stuck in the UK for some time and my partner will be in Sydney for some time. This time is undefined as both our parents have cancer (with all the implications that that brings). So I'm thinking that I might be refused the 801 and wondering what happens if this is the case, eg., can you apply for some other type of visa or can the 820 be extended until you get back, etc? I cannot fid answers to these questions anywhere so am wondering if anyone onthis site can enlighten me before I email DIAC about it. Alexandra
  14. Guest

    Visa 801 information..

    Hi, I am back in the UK after 5 years working in OZ, i had a Sub Class Visa 801. Does this visa mean i am not entilted to reclaim my superannuation that i gained whilst working there..? I am getting conflicting messages...
  15. Hello I am not sure if anyone can help but we have received our 2nd stage partner visa documentation ...we hope to submit it tomorrow..we have only been asked for a police check, form 80 and stat decs. Does anyone know if we have to send in other stuff (proof of our relationship) or wait until we are asked. Also i was granted my last visa on the 12th January 2010 So have received the paperwork very much in advance does this mean they won't look at my application until after this date or if a little miracle happened could it be granted before this date? Thank you so much for reading this post
  16. hi guys anyone know what the timeline for this visa is currently at? i'm halfway through my two years on my temp visa and was advised when this was granted to apply for the permenant partner visa 3 months prior to the 2 years being up. cheers thanks in advance
  17. Hi Guys, Just a quick question re. "upgrading" my defacto visa from temp to perm. I have been in Melbourne for just over a year and am absolutely loving it! Took a while to get over missing friends and family in the UK, but now I feel completly settled. Anyway I was speaking a friend of a friend recently who told me that she knew people who hadnt spoken to immigration soon enough regarding changing their defacto from an 801 to 820 and as such the visa had expired and they have had to leave the country! Now I dont know how true this is, but it has made me wonder how do you go about changing your visa to permenant? Do immigration contact you or should you contact them? Obviously I dont want to get deported back home to the UK if I can help it and Im sure this is the usual scare mongering, but obviously wouldnt hurt to know the process so we can be organised. Also I cant seem to find any info about it on the immigration website, so any advice / experience on this would be great. As always, anyone whos going through the defacto process should feel free to PM me with any questions, I know how stressful that bit is! D
  18. Guest

    Checklist for 801 visa

    Hey, I was wondering if anyone would be able to give just short summary of the checklist for the 801 visa? I know they'll send the papers out closer to the 2 years, which will be in a few months, but I wanted to be prepared as I'm going away. Plus I seem to not have left a single proof of address as we've moved around a bit and mostly have paperless bank statements, payslips, etc. Will that be a problem? Starting to get a bit concerned... Thanks!!
  19. Hi Just wondered if anyone has recently been through the onshore permanent spouse visa (subclass 801) and if so, what was the processing time. I was told by immigrations 6 - 8 months but I am hoping that is worse case scenario. Thanks Smiler:biggrin:
  20. Hi I will be applying for my 801 spouse visa for permanent residency soon as the 2 year mark will be approaching. I know I have to do an Australian Police Check. Do I have to do a UK police check too? I visited the UK for a few weeks last Christmas. (I did Uk one a couple of years ago for the prospective marriage visa but is it only needed for that visa and not the 801?) Thanks Smiler:biggrin:
  21. Guest

    Visa Subclass 820 and 801

    Hey Guys, Firstly - (not sure if this is the right place) but a huge thank you to everyone on this forum!! You dont know it but I have been studying these threads for months for tips and advice on applying for my Defacto Visa. I didnt join but was browsing constantly and much of the advice on here was hugely benficial I arrived in Oz in July 2010 on a WHV. My girlfriend and I have now been together for 3 years (she lived in the UK with me for 2 years) and applied TODAY for the defacto relationship visa. Woohoo!!! Lots of stress over (just playing the waiting game now). The visa was frontloaded with everything we could think of and we tried to set it out in a clear and succinct fashion. I decided i needed to join the forum just to say thanks to everyone and because I have one last question! Do we know the current processing times for the visa? Also (ok so two questions!!) I have applied for a Bridging Visa B because my sister is getting married in July in Cardiff. It was granted on the spot in Melbourne this morning but my 2nd question is this. Given the briding visa last 3 months does that mean my Defacto Visa will be put on hold for 3 months or will they process it and just wait for confirmation I am back in the country before granting the visa? I arrive back in Oz on August 4th and was hoping the visa process could at least start at this time and not wait until Sept 22nd because they think im not in the country!! Any help would be appreciated. Although you have already all helped heaps even if you dont know it!!! Thanks again!! Anthony
  22. Guest

    Subclass 801 Visa Charges?

    Hey, I'm trying to arrange my wedding to my Australian Fiancé but I'm struggling to understand all the visa charges because obviously there are some pretty huge extremes! I'm currently on the 417 working visa and I'm looking at going straight to the Subclass 801 as we intend to get married before my visa runs out. I'm looking for the cheapest option as I'm trying to take her to Hawaii to tie the knot but that's not going to be too easy if I have to pay the highest charge of $2575? Is it cheaper if I go for the Fiance visa first then pay for the 801? Or does my visa entitle me to pay $300 for the 801? Thank you
  23. I have Aus PR, and my partner and i are planning to move there before October when my visa expires. We've been together for 4.5yrs (just over 4 living together and easily documented), so I am confident that we could apply for and get a 319 visa for him. However I read that if we'd been together for 5 yrs when we apply he'd quickly get a 301, which would be better. We can't wait until the 5 yr mark as my visa will expire 4 months before that, but we are debating getting a prospective marriage 300, getting hitched in Aus, then applying for a 820/801 after that. Does anyone know if the 5 year + relationship date = getting PR (instead of temp for 2 yrs) more quickly is the same as for the 319/301? Any advice gratefully received! S
  24. Support Evidence-What i included APPLICATION FORM 47SP APPLICATION FORM 47SP SUPPORTING EVIDENCE (ALL CERTIFIED)- Birth certificates copies for both, passport copies for both, Marriage certificates, Divorce certificates APPLICATION FORM 40SP APPLICATION FORM 40SP SUPPORTING EVIDENCE (ALL CERTIFIED)-Your partners employment contract, Your partners last three payslips, A letter from all the companies stating your partners employment & tenure length-This will all prove they can support you as a sponsor! HISTORY OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP- Stat Dec from you (Mine was four pages long & include detail but not fluff, make sure you include dates & you dates match your partners! Stat Dec fr your partner-As above Itemised phone bills (Important if you've been apart like we were) Highlighter pen all the contact & tally up the total number of minutes & texts per page so they dont have to sift through. Skype (Again,Important if you've been apart like we were) Copy & paste the entire logs into a MS Word document & Highlighter pen all the video call time, tally up the total number of minutes & also take screen shots of Skype to be matched up to these Word 'logs' so they can tell they are genuine. Emails to & from each other- I put a disclaimer saying "We've been apart for months, please excuse the rudeness as we missed each other" Nothing says you're a couple like Smut! Presents-Receipts from any Birthday, Valentines day, Xmas, Anniversary presents to each other FINANCIAL ASPECTS OF THE RELATIONSHIP A stat dec signed by you both as to what all the following information in this section relates to (Seems dumb ass but make it so for your case officer, the clearer your app. the sooner your Visa!) Bank statements-Take a highlighter pen to your credit/savings/chequing account statements showing anything for both of you, presents, shopping, meals out, cinema~Put a few words stating with you've highlighted IE Meal out with Partner at..... Superannuation beneficiaries- Make each other your 100% beneficiaries for your Super fund in the 'event of your death'~shows financial commitment Large purchase receipts~TV/Fridge/Car/House~All show huge joint financial commitment-All Certified NATURE OF THE HOUSEHOLD Stat Dec saying whats what in the section below ie If bills aren't in both names, explain here why, its not necessarily the worst thing as it shows one of you 'financially supporting the other' Stat Dec signed by you both of the divided house chores~Nothing special, just a list of "I do the washing, my partner does the hoovering", very boring, very basic!!! Food bills- Receipts etc Rent receipts Utilities bills A household budget-Very simple~Joint Incomings & outgoings on an excel & word doc SOCIAL CONTEXT OF THE RELATIONSHIP Facebook-Again like Skype, screen shots of Relationship status' & Status' naming each other & any other correspondance between you, your partner & friends to show you are a socially known couple Stat decs from Aussie residents that have known you 1yr+ Stat decs from Non Aussie residents that have known you 1yr+~Get them to get them 'certified' by doctors or police in their countries sent along with photographic proof certified ie-Passport copy Cinema tickets Plane tickets Hotel Receipts Restaurant receipts Day out receipts ie Zoo/Beach etc Photos~Limit these as they dont like loads~I included 10, mostly with each others friends & family at social occasions Planned trips-Email Flight centre,give them your names & get itineraries for planned trips you might make Planned financial info-Mortgage quotes, health insurance covering babies etc Birthday cards from both families to you both of individually NATURE OF THE COMMITMENT Relationship registration for defactos~Well worth it, check if your state does it because not all do, here is VIC http://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/CA2574F700805DE7/page/Relationships?OpenDocument&1=30-Relationships~&2=~&3=~ & NSW http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/Relationships.htm And TAS http://www.justice.tas.gov.au/bdm/relationships/register You can register even if one of you isn't an Aussie citizen, as i wasn't ! Long term plan stat dec- Quick, we both want, Marriage, kids, to buy a house etc statement, signed by both HEALTH REQUIREMENT Panel doctor letter sealed http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts/panel-doctors/ CHARACTER REQUIREMENT Police checks from any country lived in by either of you longer than 12 months